1. I want to work after I complete the paralegal program. Does Manor have placement assistance?
Placement assistance is available to all legal studies students. Seminars are offered on resume preparation, interview readiness, and job search skills. Networking events are offered throughout the year to allow students to meet working professionals. Students are encouraged to meet with the program director or education coordinator to prepare a resume and work on job search strategies.
2. After I complete my associate in science paralegal program at Manor I want to transfer and get my Bachelor’s Degree. Will Manor be able to help me with that?
Manor provides transfer counseling for all students. Furthermore, Manor has agreements with many local colleges and universities for the acceptance of all Manor credits upon transfer. Some of the colleges and universities that Manor Paralegal graduates have transferred to are:
- Arcadia University
- Cabrini College
- Chestnut Hill College
- Cornell University
- Gwynedd-Mercy College
- Holy Family University
- Immaculata College
- LaSalle University
- Peirce College
- Penn State University
- Rosemont College
- Temple University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Widener University
3. How will I find an externship?
The program director and education coordinator work with each student to locate an externship experience that will be both educational and rewarding for the student. While a student is permitted to locate his/her own externship site, the Manor College Legal Studies program maintains a registry of externship venues including law firms, corporations and government agencies located in Philadelphia and all surrounding counties.
4. Can I double major in paralegal and another subject?
Many Associate Degree paralegal students choose to “double major”, meaning they choose to fulfill course requirements for both paralegal and another course of study offered at the college. The most popular choices for a second major are Business Administration and Liberal Arts.
5. Can I transfer credits from another academic institution?
Manor College accepts a maximum of 30 credit hours toward an Associate Degree and 9 credit hours toward a Paralegal Certificate. Specific details are available through the college catalog.
Transfer of law credits must be approved by the Legal Studies program director and should be from a school approved by the American Bar Association or a school which is an institutional member of the American Association for Paralegal Education.
6. What student organizations can I join as a paralegal student?
The Legal Studies Student Association (LSSA) provides access to justice for Manor students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community by sponsoring community service projects designed to assist those in need of legal services. The LSSA also educates students about the legal profession and provides a professional forum for Manor students to network with working professionals. LSSA membership is open to all Manor students. Click here to find out more about the LSSA
Many law students also join Rotaract, the business division student auxiliary that is affiliated with local business organizations and performs community service as part of its mission. Many law students are able to achieve membership in one of Manor’s two National Honor Societies, Alpha Bata Gamma and Phi Theta Kappa. Many other exceptional social experiences await the Manor student. Clubs such as the Theatre Guild, the Manor Dance Team, sports teams, and others provide a rich and diverse experience for the willing student.
7. What is the shortest amount of time in which I can complete my program?
A full-time day student typically completes the Associate Degree program in two (2) years. This time period may be shortened by the transfer to Manor of credits taken at another institution and, by attending summer session courses.
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate students may complete the program in two (2) semesters.
8. Will I receive help choosing courses?
Upon acceptance, every Manor student is assigned an academic advisor, who will follow the student’s progress and meet several times a year with the student to give academic advice and to help plan future course schedules. Academic advisors are available to students during office hours, as well as by phone, e-mail and by appointment.
9. How many students will be in a typical class?
All computer classes are limited to between 15 and 18 students. Lecture style classes are also kept small, on average, approximately 25 students. Small class size allows instructors to provide personalized instruction and attention to every student.
10. What if I need academic support?
Every instructor has posted office hours and will meet with a student who needs help at mutually agreeable times. In addition to the support of the student’s instructor and academic advisor, the Manor College Learning Center provides free tutoring and tutorials to all Manor students.
11. Can I sit in on a law class before enrolling?
Yes. The Legal Studies Department encourages all prospective students to take advantage of our Ambassador Program, which allows students to preview classes and to meet with currently enrolled students to learn more about the college and the Legal Studies Program. To schedule a class visitation call program director, Professor Diane Pevar at 215-885-2360, extension 259 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12. Does the paralegal program have distance learning?
The Legal Studies program has several online courses including Tort Litigation, Legal Environment of Business, and Employment Law. Introductory online courses are periodically scheduled.
13. What is the difference between criminal justice and paralegal?
Criminal justice programs are traditionally limited to understanding crime and the administration of justice. Criminal justice professionals often work as correctional or probation officers. Others may seek jobs in law enforcement. Criminal justice work is considered to be hazardous and stressful and jobs opportunities are often dependent on government funding.
Paralegals who wish to pursue criminal justice studies at Manor College will study a broad range of subjects that combine criminal justice studies with training in the skills highly valued by employers: critical analysis, problem-solving, research, and writing. Students graduating from this track will be offered a wide range of employment opportunities including positions with criminal prosecution and defense teams, at victim’s advocacy agencies, and in national security.
14. I want to go to law school. How will the paralegal program help me with this goal?
Paralegal coursework is an excellent way to preview and prepare for law school. Manor’s curriculum focuses on skills sought not only by paralegal employers, but also by law schools, namely: organizational, communication, research and problem solving skills. Completing a paralegal program is an excellent way to develop those competencies and ensure success in law school.